West Ham still keen on Club Brugge playmaker Hans Vanaken
West Ham United are still monitoring the situation of Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken, according to voetbal24.
The Hammers would love to sign Jesse Lingard permanently after his impressive loan spell during the second-half of the campaign, but Manchester United are playing hardball over a deal.
West Ham are seemingly putting a contingency plan in place, with Vanaken still very much on their radar [voetbal24].
Brugge are open to selling the Belgian international playmaker, and around £11million could be enough to get a deal done.
Perfect Plan B
We wish to see Lingard return to the London Stadium this summer in a permanent move, but securing his signature is not going to be easy.
West Ham are likely to keep trying to get a deal done until the final hours of August 31st, but we cannot afford to miss out on both the England international and Vanaken.
The 28-year-old scored 16 goals and weighed in with seven assists in 45 games across all competitions for Brugge last season [WhoScored], and he could prove to be the perfect backup plan.
Vanaken could be keen to join the ever-growing Belgian contingent in the Premier League, and a move to West Ham could be appealing due to the availability of European football.
The playmaker has a keen eye for goals, can create chances and is also an aerial threat in both boxes given his 6ft 4in frame.
We will be keeping an eye on him at the European Championship, and manager David Moyes and Hammers scouts are likely to be doing the same too.
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